Thursday, April 10, 2014

Love You, Miss You - Free Digital Sentiments

Hello Friends! The title of this post not only describes the card I'm sharing but also how I've been feeling lately on a personal level. I miss making cards and visiting everyone's blogs, both of which I did on a regular basis. Suffice to say the last few months have been a little stressful for me and while I've been on a bit of a hiatus from the crafty side of life I can say without a doubt that I am not going away. :)

As many of you know I've created a bunch of freebies — images and sentiments — over the years and always enjoying seeing them as they get made into beautiful cards by many of you. I wanted to play along with the OWH Sketch Challenge this week and decided to dig back into my freebies folder for something simple & bold that could be a nice focal point in the circle. These sentiments are 2 of the four I first posted back in 2010. I'm including them in this post too (individually, which is probably easier for most when they use digis) down below.

I really like this sketch... quick and easy and especially nice if you have an overfull scrap box. Just coordinate a couple of pattern, add a few matching solids and you're set. Here are the two sentiments.

Just remember that you may use my freebies in any of your personal crafting projects but if you'd like to share it with others I ask that you post a link back to this post so that they can come and download it and see this usage policy. Please do not sell it in any form, repost it,  pin it or claim it as your own. If you want to pin my card, please do and then you will always be able to find your way back to the digi when you're ready to use it. Just click on it and then use the 'download linked file' or 'save as' command to save it to your computer. 

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Liebster Award

Hello friends! My post today is a bit different as I don't have a card to share with you. My crafty, kind and very talented friend Penny over at has awarded me the Liebster award. 

The award, which you may have seen on the internet, is about getting to know new crafty friends, seeing new blogs and and basically spreading insipiration. If you want to know more about the Liebster you can find a detailed history here.

Part of the process is to answer a few questions about yourself, then to select a few blogs that inspire you and share the award…paying it forward. Here are my answers...

1. Tell me your favorite three supplies you use most?
The supplies I am most drawn to are dies (the ones from My Favorite Things got me hooked but there are so many great die-stamp combo sets that many companies are offering now), paper (of course) and embellishments like brads and ribbon.

2. How long have you been making cards?I've crafted on and off for many years but started making cards regularly (and blogging about it) back in 2008. I have a more detailed explaination on exactly how it happened here.

3. What do you do with all the cards you make?Though I will occassionaly make a card for my own use the vast majority of the cards I've made have been for Operation Write Home. To date I'm proud to say I've made over 12,000 cards for OWH.

4. What is your favorite technique to use when making cards?
I like embossing (with folders), coloring and stamping a lot. It just depends on my mood so it's hard to narrow down to just one technique.

5. What are your favorite color combo's to use?
As many of my OWH friends know, my personal favorite color combo is red, white and blue but I like using all colors and choosing a palette based on the card theme and intended recipient is my basic approach.

6. How long and what inspired you to start blogging?
I started blooging in 2008 when I first became involved with Operation Write Home (actually it was called Cards for Heroes back then) and started to come into contact with a great big group of crafters many of who were sharing their creations on blogs.

7. How does your family handle your craftiness? Do they approve?
I'm not sure that my family (which since 

I'm single without children — would be my sisters, brother and mom) even give it a second thought. Because I've been involved in art since I was a child I think they accept it as just a part of who I am. I think they'd be more worried if they saw me give up all things arts & crafts.

Now I know the whole idea of this award is to share it… but since I've not spent a lot of time visiting blogs (or even blogging) lately I'm going to defer passing it on for now until I've had a chance to really give it some thought. I do want to acknowledge and thank Penny for giving it to me and to also say that it would be impossible to say how much I have gained, in both pleasure and knowledge by my involvement with Operation Write Home and the online crafty world in general. I'm certain that I could spend all day, every day for the rest of my life doing nothing but perusing crafty blogs, creating and sharing with all of you. Now I just need to figure out how to pick some winning lottery numbers so I can do just that!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 7, 2014

OWH Die-Versions Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on today's OWH Fundraiser Blog Hop. I'm excited to be able to join in and show you a few of the brand new dies being introduced by Die-Versions to support OWH. If you're hopping along in order you should be arriving from Archi's CraftCave

If you've gotten off-track or want to start from the beginning head on over to

Now on to my card shares. I created two cards that will both be used as Any Hero notes. (If you're new to OWH, those are the handwritten notes of thanks and greetings included in each and every box of cards sent out. 

In this first card I used my Die-Versions die to cut the focal point sentiment and then I used the resulting 'stencil' to trace out my other hexagons so they'd all be the same size. Creating your own stencils with dies is a great way to stretch your creativity and your crafty budget all at the same time.

I used a pencil to trace the hexagon shape onto the back side on my papers using the die-cut reverse shown here, and then used a ruler and craft knife to cut along the traced lines. Easy!

On this card, featuring the Hero edge die and Combat Boots by Die-Versions I used some scrap papers in various greens, torn and inked to create a camo effect for the background. Inking the bootprints in an uneven pattern gives then a little added dimension and texture.

Thanks to Die-Versions for creating these great fundraiser dies for OWH and to you for stopping by and visiting with me. You have a lot more to explore on today's hop and your next stop is

Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello Flags - Collage Style

Hello friends! I have another card that I created with some of the goodies from my Gallery Idol prize pack. Again this card has no stamping — the sentiment is a pre-printed piece and the butterfly is part of the image. In retrospect, while I like the multiple flags and the way they're positioned off the left edge I'm not totally sure that there is enough contrast separating the different prints.

I didn't keep exact notes of what came from where but I think this is again a combination of pieces from Crate Paper (Party Day) and Fancy Pants (Trendsetters)

By the way, for OWHers who have wondered about the corrugated stock that is on the market, I can at least say with certainty that this one meets the 1/4" mail thickness standard, though I did make a point of keeping other embellishments to a minimum.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Retro Birthday - Fancy Pants & Crate Paper

Hello Friends! I hope that you're all doing well and if you're among the many who have had enough snow for one winter... well I am WITH you! Winter always saps me of energy and motivation so I am truly looking forward to Spring.

Last Spring as you may recall I was chosen to participate in the PaperCrafts gallery Idol competition (what a blast it was!) and I got a nice prize package of  'goodies' as a result which I finally dug on into. I'm not one who normally buys a 'co-ordinated set' of stuff often but I have to admit it makes it easy to create designs that look cohesive and go together pretty quickly.

This card uses pieces from Crate Paper's 'Party Day' collection and 'Trendsetters' by Fancy Pants. So many fun elements to play around with, no stamping at all (even the sentiment is a sticker)  and the only ink I used was a bit of brown to ink the edges of the cardboard button.

While I know collecting supplies is as much fun as actually crafting for many of us (myself included) sets like the ones I received, whether designed for scrapbooking or specifically cardmaking are a great idea for anyone who wants to try their hand at cardmaking without having to make any major investment. It also occurred to me they'd also be an easy way to craft while traveling... a couple of coordinated sets some card bases and and adhesive and you'd be good to go (pun intended :)

Happy Crafting!
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